Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

No Left Turns

The "public" in public school

In this short column, Yale law prof Stephen L. Carter proposes that we reconceive the meaning of "public" in public school. To wit:

Perhaps, instead of viewing public schools entirely as functions of the larger government, we should see them as joint ventures between the government (and its public values) and the local families it serves (and their local values). Rather than alienating parents unnecessarily, perhaps we can find sensible compromises between the all-or-nothing strict separationism of the federal courts and religious domination.

Read the whole short thing.

Discussions - 2 Comments

I’d be for this if it wasn’t such an effective way to drive "the wrong kinds of people" out of neighborhoods. But it’s certainly worth considering.


Who do you think Carter would regard as "the wrong kinds of people," and how do you think it would drive them out of the neighborhood?

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